As you mostly likely know, there are 12 Chinese zodiac signs, each represented by an animal. Each year, we progress around this zodiac, a different animal comes to represent each year.
What you might not be aware of is that it goes much deeper than that. The same animal reappears every 12 years – but what they represent is never the same.
Chinese philosophy incorporates something called the Five Elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. This too, moves in progression – one element per year, coming back around only every five years. An Element best describes the Qi, or the life force, of the animal in question. Of further distinction, the Chinese adhere to yet another cycle – that of color.
These elements and colors bring particular subtlety to every year that may never be seen again – at least not in our lifetime.
This year, the year of the Ram, is both Wood and Green. Both the Element and the color represent Spring – renewal, growth, progression.
The Ram is a symbol of peace and harmony and is seen as kind, tender and sympathetic, Its energy is elegant and creative.
The Year of the Ram follows on the heels of the vociferous Year of the Horse. 2015 will have a calmer vibe as the Ram, combined with the regeneration characteristics of Wood and green this year, allow the Ram’s harmony and creativity to unfold as the year progresses.
This will be a year for appreciating what has been accomplished, to contemplate bringing peace to those around us and within ourselves and to stay centered as we look ahead to the what good things are to come.